Drama of the Divine Economy: Creator and Creation in Early by Paul M. Blowers

By Paul M. Blowers

The theology of construction interconnected with nearly each element of early Christian concept, from Trinitarian doctrine to salvation to ethics. Paul M. Blowers presents a sophisticated creation to the multiplex relation among writer and production as an item either one of theological building and non secular devotion within the early church. whereas revisiting the polemical size of Christian responses to Greco-Roman philosophical cosmology and heterodox Gnostic and Marcionite traditions at the foundation, structure, and future of the cosmos, Blowers focuses extra considerably at the confident position of patristic theological interpretation of Genesis and different biblical production texts in eliciting Christian views at the multifaceted relation among author and production. Greek, Syriac, and Latin patristic commentators, Blowers argues, have been finally prompted much less through in basic terms cosmological issues than by means of the urge to depict construction because the enduring inventive and redemptive technique of the Trinity. The 'drama of the divine economy', which Blowers discerns in patristic theology and piety, opened up how the author invested the 'end' of the area already in its starting, and thereupon labored in the course of the concrete activities of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit to gain a brand new construction.

Show description

Read or Download Drama of the Divine Economy: Creator and Creation in Early Christian Theology and Piety PDF

Best church history books

Wittgenstein and the Metaphysics of Grace

What's the that means of the notice `grace'? Can Wittgenstein's maxim that the that means of a be aware is its utilization support explicate the claims that Christians have made approximately grace? while Christians use the note, they reference inside of language the purpose of touch among humanity and the divine. Terrance W. Klein means that grace isn't really an occult item yet really an perception, a second after we understand God to be energetic on our behalf.

The Emergence of Christian Theology

There are precise instances of move within the historical past of rules, and one such time - because the writer of this research indicates - used to be the second one half the second one century, whilst Christian idea confirmed clean energy. via focusing on 5 seminal Christian thinkers of the second one century (Justin, Athenegoras, Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, and Tertullian), Eric Osborn illustrates the way it was once that Christianity made monotheism axiomatic to its significant doctrinal claims whereas adapting, too, to the strange situations during which it built.

Lives of the Popes - reissue: The Pontiffs from St. Peter to Benedict XVI

This pocket version of Richard McBrien's acclaimed Lives of the Popes is a realistic speedy reference instrument for students, scholars, and somebody desiring quite a few concise evidence approximately the entire popes, from St. Peter to Benedict XVI.

Irenaeus of Lyons and the Theology of the Holy Spirit

Irenaeus' theology of the Holy Spirit is usually very hot among theologians at the present time, yet that regard isn't common, nor has an enough quantity of literature supported it. This research presents a close exam of yes significant, frequently exact, facets of Irenaeus' pneumatology. unlike those that have steered Irenaeus held a vulnerable belief of the individual and paintings of the Holy Spirit, Anthony Briggman demonstrates that Irenaeus mixed moment Temple Jewish traditions of the spirit with New testomony theology to supply the main advanced Jewish-Christian pneumatology of the early church.

Extra resources for Drama of the Divine Economy: Creator and Creation in Early Christian Theology and Piety

Example text

610–546 bce) presents an early case in point. 15 Atomists gave considerable theoretical sophistication to the Infinite Universe model. For the pivotal figure of Democritus (ca. 460–370 bce), a Thracian philosopher and slightly younger contemporary of Socrates, the universe is an infinity comprising atoms (utterly dense particles of mass) and void. The developing notion of a void or “non-being” is important for our purposes as we anticipate the Christian doctrine of creation “from nothing” (ex nihilo).

24 Meanwhile, Stoics deduced from the phenomena of the world a Providence, a Reason, a Nature—God—who permeates the cosmos and constitutes the (moral) goal, or telos, of all things. II. DID THE DIVINE CREATE THE WORLD OR MERELY I N V E S T N A TU R E W I T H O R D E R ? While a number of Greek thinkers gravitated toward philosophical monotheism in the Classical and Hellenistic periods, their sense of a paternal or provident deity by no means necessitated belief in divine creation of the world. For not a few of them, in fact, the idea of creation, or, as we have seen, even of a purposive cosmic “beginning” as such, would have been utterly preposterous.

But again, what most interests us here are the precedents for a notion of divine creation. For Plato, the likes of Anaxagoras and Empedocles were erudite pioneers but still in a juvenile stage of cosmological thinking. e. 46 Be that as it may, it was Plato’s own creationist cosmogony in the Timaeus that would capture generations of interpreters and fuel a perennial debate about how literally his creation account should be taken. ”49 A monumental feature of Plato’s creation myth, one that clearly ties him to some of his Presocratic predecessors while also alienating him from many later Christian exponents of the doctrine of creation ex nihilo, is the declaration that God imposed order on eternally preexistent matter: For God desired that, so far as possible, all things should be good and nothing evil; wherefore, when he took over all that was visible, seeing that it was not in a state of rest but in a state of discordant and disorderly motion, he brought it into order out of disorder (åNò ôÜîØí .

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.69 of 5 – based on 25 votes